Chris Mccandless : Life Without Responsibility, Possessions, People, Money, Lies, And Abusive Relationships

1229 Words Nov 29th, 2015 5 Pages
Twenty-four-year-old Christopher McCandless was a strong adventurer who disappeared after graduating college to go on a backpacking trip which ended up in the Alaskan wilderness. Chris McCandless became Alex Supertramp because he wanted to explore the unexplored and discover a life without responsibility, possessions, people, money, lies, and abusive relationships. He severely wanted to prove that one’s life does not require road maps and plans but that one could be perfectly happy as a free man with just the clothes on his back. Chris never really had much control over his life; growing up, he was always spoon-fed and received all he wanted due to the wealth of his family. His parents, Walt and Billie were always focused on financial success and control over Chris’s life, which lead him to a fatal trip into the wild. His parents retained much authority over his decisions, including what career he would engage in, and what kind of car he would own. After graduating from Emory University, Chris’s parents tried to bribe him into receiving a new luxurious car, but he did not give in and made the decision to stay with his yellow Datsun. This is one of several gifts Chris turned down, because he was finally beginning to make his own decisions. Chris was the kind of guy that did not plan out his life; he just wanted a life which required no road maps and just a destination awaiting. In Chris 's mind, freedom from material goods and worry about a personal future are things that…

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